Following the pattern set by CUNY as it prepares to return to in-person work in the fall, all campus-based Research Foundation employees should be preparing to return to in-person work starting August 16, 2021.

Due to the current rate of the coronavirus transmission, CUNY is enacting a new temporary mask mandate as of Monday, August 16. This mandate is subject to modification based on changing vaccination statistics and coronavirus transmission rates. For the time being, everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must:

  • Wear a face mask inside all CUNY campuses and office buildings. 
  • Wear a mask outdoors on campus when unable to maintain physical distance from others (for example, while attending a CUNY gathering or sporting event).

Among other initiatives to make returning to work as safe as possible, CUNY requires anyone entering a CUNY facility to be fully vaccinated (two weeks beyond the last vaccination shot) or have a negative COVID-19 test taken within the past seven days.

Accordingly, employees returning the week of August 16 will need to upload their vaccination verification documents on the Research Foundation’s portal by Friday August 6, showing they will be fully vaccinated by the 16th. For those starting later than August 16, the deadlines for uploading are 10 days before the first week you are due back.

If you are not fully vaccinated or do not wish to disclose your status, you will be required to be tested. CUNY has retained Applied DNA of Stony Brook to provide COVID-19 testing. Once you upload your status on the Research Foundation’s portal, you will receive instructions on how to make reservations for testing.

Here are the steps for entering your status through the Research Foundation’s portal:

  • Go to RF’s website at
  • Log in using your 6-digit RF-issued employee ID (EMP ID) and password
  • Under the Electronic Tools tab, select Vaccine Verification
  • Follow the prompts

RFCUNY employees who are fully vaccinated will receive instructions for enrolling in VaxPass.

RFCUNY employees who are not fully vaccinated or wish not to disclose their status will receive instructions for enrolling in CUNY’s testing program.

If you do not know your RF EMP ID or password, send an email to  If you have other questions, send an email to      

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